The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Board was outraged by the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trail of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was a volunteer, gun-packing wannabe cop who spotted a young black man armed with a box of Skittles. He was so threatened by this, he called the police. He was told by the police dispatcher “Do not follow him,” when Zimmerman said “These guys always get away.”
Zimmerman followed Trayvon anyway and confronted him. A fight ensured. (Trayvon had the right to “stand his ground” when approached by a stranger.) Trayvon, only 17 and outweighed by 40 pounds, was winning the fight, so Zimmerman shot Trayvon dead!
An jury of one Hispanic and five white women found Zimmerman “not guilty.”
There was no mention of race to show that Zimmerman was racially motivated? Neither can Zimmerman can’t claim Trayvon’s color as a defense! Protest is all there is left for those who oppose injustice anywhere by anyone at anytime.
Brad Currey is a founder of Santa Barbara ACLU Chapter, 1963